Even though red meat might be delicious, new research has found even more evidence that this source of protein can be bad for one’s health. Previous studies have found that red meat consumption increases one’s risk of cardiovascular disease and obesity. Now, according to a new study, red meat might increase women’s risk of breast cancer.
Researchers at Harvard University say that replacing the red meat in one’s diet with a mixture of peas, lentils, beans, poultry, fish and nuts might reduce the risk of developing breast cancer in women who are younger.
However, experts urge some caution, saying that other studies that have been done show that there is no clear link between breast cancer and the consumption of red meat.
Prior research shows that eating large amounts of processed and red meat likely increases one’s risk of developing bowel cancer.
This new data however comes from a study in the U.S. that tracked the health of more than 89,000 women who were between the ages of 24 and 43.
A team that was led by Boston’s Harvard School of Health analyzed the eating habits of nearly 3,000 women who had breast cancer.
The report said that higher consumption of red meat during early adulthood might be a possible risk factor for developing breast cancer.
However, a University of Oxford professor and epidemiologist said the study by Harvard only found what he referred to as a weak link between breast cancer and the consumption of red meat. That link, said the professor was not sufficiently strong to change existing evidence that found no definite tie between the two.
The professor added that women are able to lower their risk of developing breast cancer through drinking less amounts of alcohol, maintaining their weight and being active.
Evidence shows that there likely is a link between the consumption of processed and red meat and the risk of developing bowel cancer.
Guidelines released by the American Cancer Society suggest limiting the amount of processed and red meats one consumes.
At the same time, another separate study showed that women, who have large amounts of moles on their body, might have a higher risk of developing breast cancer.